Electric Quilt play

We love ‘playing’ with Electric Quilt – hours of procrastination can pass quite happily while we convince ourselves it is really work.  And it is.  Sort of.  One of the things we have fun with is taking a standard block and deleting lines from it.  This time we’ve chosen an Ohio Star variation, often called Swamp Angel. If you open the Block Library

library buttonand then scroll down to the Nine Patch Stars block library

Nine Patch Stars library

and then select the Swamp Angel block and click on the button to put it in the Sketchbook. Then close the Library.

select block from library

Now you can open the Sketchbook and select this block. Click on ‘edit’ to put it on the drawing table.

select block in sketchbook

The block should now be on the drawing table ready for you to edit. As we are going to delete lines, rather than add them, you need to select the ‘pick’ tool – it looks like an arrow at the top of the left hand toolbar.

edit block screen

Once you’ve selected the ‘pick’ tool, click on the line you wish to delete – it should be highlighted.

select line to delete

To delete the line, just hit the ‘delete’ key on your keyboard. Then select the next line you wish to delete. If you make a mistake you just click on ‘undo’ – this is a button we always add to our top toolbar so we can access it quickly and easily rather than going through the menus.  It’s a distinctive blue arrow

deleting lines

Keep going round the block until you have deleted all the lines you want to and have made a new block.

new block

Save it in the Sketchbook and then click on the ‘Color’ tab at the bottom of the screen to colour the block in. How many ways can you find? Don’t forget to save each of them in the sketchbook.

first new block in colour

In the same way you can make a similar new block.  So select the original Swamp Angel block from the Sketchbook again and put it on the drawing board.

select original block again

This time we’ll delete a different set of lines.

select line to delete

Delete this line and select the next one

select and delete more lines

Until you have made another new block

second new block

And now colour this one and save it in the sketchbook

second block coloured

And while we’re at it – why not colour in the original Swamp Angel block too?

Swamp Angel coloured

Or we could colour it this way (and save it in the sketchbook)

Swamp Angel coloured again

Play around with colouring in the various blocks.  Try not to enjoy yourself – or get addicted!  Once you’ve done this it’s time to play at making quilts.  Why not come and play at making virtual quilts with us another day?

Nearly ready …

… for the Uttoxeter Quilt and Embroidery Show. We’ve both been gathering stuff from the four corners of our respective houses and piling said stuff up in heaps in whichever room is nearest the door. The hope is that we’ll fall over it all on the way out and thus not forget anything. Let’s wait and see if that works. (Don’t hold your breath on this one – Barbara)

Chris has found the power cables and some books and, unable to decide which couple of quilts to take,  has just grabbed both bags full and Barbara can decide being as she’s ‘her in charge of aesthetics’ – Chris is ‘her in charge of technology’.

Barbara meantime has found the display boards, the table coverings and the cash box as well as an assortment of quilts.

We both still need to work out what we’ll be stitching by way of a demonstration over the weekend and Barbara is busy trying to put kits together for hand-piecing workshops as well.  To take her mind off similar thorny problems (and taking advantage of the fact that the neighbours were away) Chris drilled more holes in the wall and managed to get her sewing threads unit up. Suddenly life seems much better!  (how smart does this look?! – Barbara)

Barbara’s distraction showed up in the form of trying out some small-scale handpiecing with 2 1/2inch and 1 1/2inch squares – take a look at the step by step pics to get an idea of where things were going …

Then, after all that palaver, Barbara decided not to use this in her hand piecing classes at the show….. And while deciding what she really would do, this little cut-and-glue design got cut and glued.  Of course, it would have been SO much better if she had taken that all-important moment to reverse the design before tracing the shapes onto the fusible web, but it looks ok – sort of.  This design showed up last week at the Reunion Class Barbara taught at Denman College, but in the guise of corded and stuffed quilting (pics on Barbara’s blog).

After all this distraction and marshalling, it will be quite a relief to get to the show, get our space set up and settle down into show mode.  Hope to see some of you there!